People of UBC

UBC’s unique personality comes from the people that study, teach, work, and live in its community. Every individual contributes to what sets us apart. In this series, we invite you to meet the people of UBC.

Surabhi Shakkarwar

Alumna (2019), Master of Urban Design, Faculty of Applied Science

Born and raised in India. Passionate about creating healthy communities. Loves mascara and reading in the park.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020


Logan Tarasoff

Logan Tarasoff

Student, MASc in Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan

Student, researcher and lab instructor. Commonwealth powerlifting champion. Loves food and Star Trek. Looking to bring intelligent systems to new and traditional industries alike.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020

Mirjana Borovickic

Mirjana Borovickic

Student, Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Education, UBC Okanagan

Visual Arts graduate; education student. Mother of two. Passionate about art. Loves reading, sewing, painting and exploring the world.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020

Rina Garcia Chua

Rina Garcia Chua

Student, PhD IGS, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan

Interested in the spaces that people create as migrants. Writer, ecocritic, volunteer, teacher. Loves the ocean, dog kisses, cat rubs and hammy squeaks.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020


Samantha Larsen

Samantha Larsen

Residence Life Manager, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, UBC Okanagan

Striving to make a home away from home for students in residence. Fuelled by cold brew, colour coding and conversation.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020

Shannon Hohl

Shannon Hohl

Graduate Studies Administrative Assistant, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Loves a good book, a cup of tea and planning the next trip. Easily startled, which leads to laughs. Always greets people with a smile.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020

Viola Cohen

Viola Cohen

Communications and Marketing Strategist, University Relations, UBC Okanagan

Avid runner, cyclist and skier. Passionate about environmental issues. Can’t live without coffee, chocolate and a cat on my lap.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020


Adrian Liem

Adrian Liem

Manager, Digital Communications, Brand and Marketing

Psych grad turned teacher turned digital professional and certified coach. Hiker, runner, cycler, surfer and wannabe of many other words ending in “er”.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020

Paul Joseph

Paul Joseph

University Photographer, UBC Brand and Marketing

Finds joy in documenting UBC life, from Imagine Day to graduation to everything in between. Loves Jack Russell terriers and Japanese denim.

Connections to UBC

Published: July 2020

Katya Roxas

Katya Roxas

Communications Officer, UBC Library

Manila-born multimedia artist. Interested in inclusive design and authentic representation. Sketches on location, with a backpack full of snacks.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2020